Cedar Rock The Walter House -Quasqueton, Iowa

cedarrock.jpg Cedar Rock The Walter House -Quasqueton, Iowa

The Walter Residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is one of Wright’s most complete designs. Wright designed the furniture, selected the carpets, chose the draperies and even picked out the accessories. Cedar Rock was begun in 1948 and completed in 1950. It’s roof and floors are concrete; the walls are brick, glass and walnut. Cedar Rock is one of seven residences Wright designed in Iowa.

The Walter house is an example of a simplified style of house Frank Lloyd Wright developed and called “Usonian”. The plan for the Walter house follows the characteristic “tadpole” form, typical of Wright’s Usonian homes – the bedroom wing of the house constituting the tail of the “tadpole” and the living/dining room the head. The house is one story and the overall length is about 150 feet. Everything about the Walter residence is compact and efficient – everything, that is, but the combination living/dining room which Wright called “the Garden Room”. The Garden Room covers more than 900 square feet and has a fireplace which can hold five-foot logs.

The view of the river and wooded valley, through the Garden Room’s three glass walls, is breathtaking. Glass doors open directly from living areas to ground-level terraces. Natural light fills the house. Broad overhangs with upturned edges soften sunlight and shade the glass walls. There are openings in the overhangs covered with vines for summer shade. Clerestory windows, or “skylights”, are incorporated in every room to brighten interior spaces and release hot air trapped near the ceiling. Recessed artificial lighting creates the effect of natural light, even at night.

The roof of the house is flat and made entirely of reinforced concrete, while the walls are brick and glass.  The floors are concrete as well and utilize a gravity hot water heating system beneath them.  Outside the building is the signature red tile (the only Wright structure in Iowa to bear the coveted tile).

Open to the public, free of charge, from Memorial Day Weekend through October 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday  through Sunday.

Guided tours of the house depart the Visitor Center on the hour from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. We request you please reserve your party’s tour. All tour requests need size of party, with desired date and time. Include a contact name and telephone number so that we may confirm your selection or possibly reschedule. The park telephone number is 319-934-3572. Walk-ins are accepted only as space permits. School group tours are available, please contact the park for further information.
Indoor photography is allowed.

Address: 2611 Qasqueton Diagonal Blvd., Quasqueton, Iowa 50644

Phone: 319-934-3572


  1. Thanks to Pat Schmitz and staff for opening up the Lowell Walter Home early on April 15, 2008 for a tour. The Walter home was one of the stops we made on a tour with the Iowa Peer Group that consists of women from all over the State of Iowa. They were all very impressed and some are making plans to bring their bank group back. This is a great asset to our county and area and I was very proud to be hosting this tour.

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